In 2007, the Office of Building Renovation was specifically created to manage the Department of Commerce’s role in the Herbert C. Hoover Building (HCHB) Renovation Project — a $1 billion,
13-year project to renovate and modernize this historic building.
The OBR has a dedicated staff of engineers, architects, and project managers working closely with the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Gilbane, Grunley Joint Venture throughout the project, serving as an advocate for the HCHB bureaus and operating units with regard to space requirements and building services, as well as planning the tenant improvements that the DOC is responsible for funding.
Herbert C. Hoover (HCHB) Renovation Project
The goal of the HCHB Renovation Project is to create a safe, pleasant, and more energy efficient office environment for staff. The complete project will replace all of the major building systems, create additional space, and preserve significant historic spaces including the main lobby, auditorium, aquarium, library, and the office of the Secretary of Commerce.
As part of this extensive modernization effort, the goal is to attain a Gold LEED© certificate by incorporating the latest innovations in perimeter security, energy efficient building systems, and high performance workspace design.
This project will renovate and modernize the 1.8 million gross square foot building. Construction is scheduled in eight phases; the first phase began in January 2008 with rehabilitating the Courtyard 6 infill area and replacing the aging cooling towers on the roof of the 7300 corridor.
In addition to the modernization, the project moves the National Aquarium from its location on the 14th Street side of the building to the Constitution Avenue end of the building. This will provide a dedicated aquarium entrance and more room for additional displays.
Each phase will last approximately 18 months; the entire project is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
- Upgrading all mechanical, electrical, and life-safety systems to conform to industry
standards, meet GSA guidelines, and extend the building’s useful life.
- Increasing usable space and preserving significant historic spaces to optimize and
preserve a national landmark.
- Increasing energy/environmental efficiencies for a healthier, greener building.
- Incorporating perimeter security and blast windows for a safer work environment.